Joe Horn partially grew
up in China, and continues today to spend at least a third
of his time there, extending his family’s long tradition
of high-level diplomacy and corporate relations between
China and the world. Joe has 16 years of experience in
international business and finance (including with Deutsche
Morgan Grenfell and Merrill Lynch), is fluent in Chinese,
and has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Oxford
and Advanced degree in Pure Mathematics from Cambridge
University. As CEO of Strategy613, which Joe founded over
10 years ago, Joe established his firm as a leading M&A
and strategic advisors boutique firm in China and Thailand.
Joe brings his managerial, fundraising and financial experience
to the ChangAi Children’s Project, which he co-founded.
Leo Horn-Phathanothai is
an environmental economist and development professional
who has spent much of his life in China, including over
five years from 2003. In parallel to co-founding the ChangAi
Children’s project, Leo advised the World Bank and the
British and Chinese governments, and co-founded the China
Carbon Forum. He has a Masters in Economics for Development
at Oxford, a Bachelor in International Development from
the Institute for Development Studies, and is fluent in
Chinese. He now serves as the Climate Change and Environment
Focal Point for the Africa region at the United Nations
Development Programme in New York and is co-authoring
a Routledge textbook on “Climate Change and Development”.
is a public health and
statistics professional with over six years of experience
in managerial and technical consultancies for international
development organizations (the WHO, UNICEF, UNIFEM and
UNFPA), bilateral aid organizations (AusAID and DFID)
and local NGOs – such as the ChangAi Children’s Project.
She has a Bachelor in International Development and Political
Science from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters
in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Living in China for over five
years, Libbet was the Project Manager and Director of
the ChangAi Children’s Project project from its beginning
until the end of 2009, when she handed over to a local
project manager and moved to New York, where she now works
Waan Snidvongs is an independent
portfolio manager and director of a real estate development
company based in Bangkok. She is a CFA charterholder and
licensed fund manager, having previously worked at Kasikorn
Asset Management as a macroeconomist, equity analyst and
fund manager, and at PricewaterhouseCoopers advising multinational
clients. Continuing her family’s work in microcredit and
pro-poor projects, and bringing her background in financial
management, Waan contributes much of her time as a Director
of Chang Ai Children’s Project. She received her Bachelor
in Economics and a Masters in Politics of the World Economy
from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Children's Project was
founded by Joe and Leo Horn-Phathanothai, their
mother Sirin and their adopted grandmother Patricia
Adler.The Phathanothai family has a long history
in China. At her Thai father's wishes, Sirin was
sent to China at the age of eight as a gesture of
goodwill between the two countries. For 13 years
Sirin lived under the personal care of Premier Zhou
En Lai until the Cultural Revolution when she met
Sol and Pat Adler. Sol and Pat welcomed Sirin into
their family and loved her as their daughter. Sirin's
children, Joe and Leo, naturally became Sol and
Pat's adopted grandsons.
ChangAi Children's Project
was born out of a long-held family vision to provide
hope to poor and vulnerable children in China. The
name "ChangAi" was chosen as it combines
the family members' Chinese names ("Chang"
from the Chinese name of Sirin Pathanothai and "Ai"
from the Adlers) and also means "eternal care".